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August 13, 2002

Here are some little-known quotes purported to be from the lips of assorted celebrities. You are free to believe them or not.

W. C. Fields – “Horse sense is what keeps a horse from betting on people.”

Loren Barker – “If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving is not for you.”

Mel Ostby – “If you think your problems are behind you, chances are you’re driving a school bus.”

Mark Twain – “I can live for two months on a good compliment.”

Also from Mr. Twain – “It takes about three months to write a good extemporaneous three-minute speech."

Mary H. Waldrip – “Just when you think you’ve graduated from the school of experience, someone thinks up a new course.”

Woodrow Wilson – “Experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes.”

Ingrid Bergman – “Happiness is good health and a bad memory.”

Erna Bombek – “It goes without saying, that you should never have more children than you have car windows.”

Dan Bennett – Probably nothing in the world arouses more false hopes than the first four hours of a diet.”

Thomas Edison – “A genius is a talented person who does his homework.”

Henry Ford – “Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.”

Peter F. Drucker – “The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.”

Mohandas K. Gandhi – “There is more to life than increasing its speed.”

Arnold H. Glasgow – “A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they’re not so good and sympathizes with your problems when they are not so bad.”

James Liter --- “One thought driven home is better than three left on base.”

Vince Lombardi – “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up again.”

Peter Marshall – “A man who doesn’t stand for something will fall for anything.”

Bernard Meltzer – “Top cats often begin as underdogs.”

W.A. Nance – We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

Claude Pepper – “Life is like riding a bicycle. You don’t fall off unless you stop peddling.”

Sugar Ray Robinson – “To be a champ, you have to believe in yourself when nobody else will.”

Some of these names are unfamiliar to me, but the lines attributed to them seem meaningful just the same. I’ll have to find room for more of these one day soon. Thanks to the anonymous contributor who provided them.